The Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Scheme provides free pre-school places for children aged three to five and a half.
The State pays a capitation fee to participating preschools. In return, they provide a preschool service, free of charge, to all children within the qualifying age range for a set number of hours over a set period of weeks. In general, many children qualify for 2 years free pre-school.
For more information contact the Department of Youth & Children's Affairs:
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
43-49 Mespil Road
Tel:(01) 647 3000
Fax:(01) 647 3101
Or visit the Citizens Information Service here.